MA International Political Economy

University of Sheffield    Department of Politics

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time Award winner
Economics (10) Politics & Government (30)

About the course

What is the global economy and how is it shaped by relationships of power that are generated by political decision-making? Where traditional economics tends to focus on the market as something that simply exists, and politics tends to ignore or underplay it, this course helps you understand that the two are inextricably linked.

We can't begin to understand how political decisions are made without examining the economic context that shapes them, yet we also cannot grasp why the economy functions in the way it does without understanding the profoundly political decisions that determine who gets what, when, why and how.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant social science, arts and humanities subject or other related subject.

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Student Profiles

Christine Newberg

Graduated in 2020

Why did you choose your particular course? After my degrees in psychology and sociology, I realised it was time to narrow the focus and investigate current issues critical to the socio-political reality around me.

Thomas Watts

Graduated in 2019

If you’re passionate about your undergraduate subject then take the opportunity to continue your study. Staying on at Sheffield allowed Thomas to continue his love of politics with renowned lecturers in a department he felt familiar with.


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When reviewing your application we'll look at personal circumstances, widening participation criteria and take into account academic achievements. All applications are anonymised and the decision is discretionary and final.

When assessing your application, we will give regard to whether you:

have provided a clear rationale for applying for a postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield.
have identified clearly how the scholarship will be beneficial to their student experience.
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You'll be studying a taught postgraduate course full-time or part-time for a maximum of four years.
You're paying the 'home' rate of fees.
You're not already qualified at masters level or higher.
You're self funded. Courses funded by the NHS or the Initial Teacher Training bursary, or courses that are eligible for undergraduate funding such as integrated masters are not eligible.

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The Aziz Foundation was established in 2015 by the Aziz family, and is inspired by the values and teaching of Islam to support the most disadvantaged communities in Britain. Since 2019, the foundation has focused on supporting Muslim individuals by offering masters scholarships that allow recipients to progress in their careers and make meaningful contributions to their industry, community and society as a whole.

Successful applicants will receive a full scholarship for their tuition fees and access to a programme of training days and career mentors via Aziz Scholarships Plus and the Aziz Scholars Association.

Scholarships are awarded to UK individuals with career aspirations in media and journalism, technology, sustainability and the environment, law, policy (excluding health policy) and creative content.

The University of Sheffield awards are therefore restricted to those applying to one of the postgraduate taught courses listed below.

Applicants should meet all of the following requirements:

Eligible for Home fees status at the University
Be active within a Muslim community and demonstrate intimate knowledge of issues affecting British Muslim communities
Able to demonstrate long-term commitment to community/societal development within Britain
Demonstrate that they require financial assistance in order to undertake a masters degree

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Full tuition fee scholarship

Application Procedure

Applications are submitted online, via a portal on the Aziz Foundation website. Applicants will need to demonstrate active engagement in British Muslim communities, a long-term commitment to community/societal development, and a need for financial assistance in order to undertake a masters degree.

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